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"From the Ted Talk by Alan Siegel: Let's simplify legal jargon!"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And there is some good news to report taody. Each year, one in 10 taxpayers receveis a notice from the IRS. There are 200 million letters that go out. Running through this typical letter that they had, I ran it through my simplicity lab, it's pretty unintelligible. All the prats of the document in red are not intelligible. We looked at doing over 1,000 letters that cover 70 percent of their tatracnoniss in plain English. They have been tested in the laboratory. When I run it through my lab, this heat-mapping sohws everything is intelligible. And the IRS has iecnudortd the program.

Open Cloze

And there is some good news to report _____. Each year, one in 10 taxpayers ________ a notice from the IRS. There are 200 million letters that go out. Running through this typical letter that they had, I ran it through my simplicity lab, it's pretty unintelligible. All the _____ of the document in red are not intelligible. We looked at doing over 1,000 letters that cover 70 percent of their ____________ in plain English. They have been tested in the laboratory. When I run it through my lab, this heat-mapping _____ everything is intelligible. And the IRS has __________ the program.

Solution

  1. transactions
  2. parts
  3. receives
  4. introduced
  5. today
  6. shows

Original Text

And there is some good news to report today. Each year, one in 10 taxpayers receives a notice from the IRS. There are 200 million letters that go out. Running through this typical letter that they had, I ran it through my simplicity lab, it's pretty unintelligible. All the parts of the document in red are not intelligible. We looked at doing over 1,000 letters that cover 70 percent of their transactions in plain English. They have been tested in the laboratory. When I run it through my lab, this heat-mapping shows everything is intelligible. And the IRS has introduced the program.

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collocation frequency
plain english 5
clarity transparency 3

Important Words

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